Do you want to be exposed to professional life at a leading company and contribute to its success?
Applications for PIP's summer 2017 internships are now open!
The Palestinian Internship Program (PIP) is recruiting young professionals and university graduates in information and communication technology (ICT), marketing, finance, bio-medicine and other fields for the next round of its internship program, which will begin in early 2017. Admitted applicants will be awarded a three-month internship at a leading technology company. Past internships have been offered at international companies including Intel, HP, Thomson Reuters and Teva Pharmaceuticals, as well as at other leading start-up and investment companies. Interns must expect to be held to high professional standards and will be expected to add value to their host companies. The program also includes workshops led by Harvard Business School professors, lectures by leading CEOs, and a possible two-week visit to leading technology centers in the United States, where interns will gain exposure to the American ICT entrepreneurship scene.
PIP will coordinate internship positions, entry permits to Israel, and lodging (where necessary) through the ongoing support of its Program Director. If you are a budding ICT professional passionate about developing Palestine’s knowledge economy and advancing your personal career, please do apply! Applicants interested in business, marketing, and technology are all welcome.
Successful applicants will demonstrate:
- Completed BA degree (although some current students are accepted). Most successful applicants studies subjects such as Computer Science, Engineering, Business Administration, Marketing, Communications, Natural Sciences, Finance, Math - although top students in any subject are encourage to apply.
- English language proficiency
- A willingness to work in a new and challenging work environment as part of a team
- High personal integrity and strong work ethic
- Work experience (preferred, although not required)
- An entrepreneurial spirit with a desire to start or join new projects
- A commitment to working in the Palestinian Territories and being involved in building the local technology ecosystem
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the Palestinian Internship Program (PIP)?
The Palestinian Internship Program - or “PIP” - is a US-registered non-profit that aims to develop the Palestinian service sector, particularly high-tech and finance.
What does PIP do?
PIP arranges paid ‘internship’ placements (تدريبات مهنية), supplemented by workshops, networking events, logistical support and other guidance, all with the aim of enabling PIP graduates to use their experience to contribute to Palestinian high-tech and innovation.
Who are the host companies?
The 20 companies that have participated so far include Intel, HP, Mass Challenge, Reuters, Yamsafer, Medisafe, Takwin - and more will join in the coming round! The companies - based in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Haifa and other locations - participate in PIP because they recognize the talent of PIP interns, view hiring interns as a good business decision, and support PIP’s aim of developing the Palestinian ICT/service sector.
Who can apply?
PIP accepts applications from Palestinian university graduates, particularly in fields related to high-tech, such as ICT/engineering, marketing, finance and business development. Nevertheless, talented and ambitious graduates in all subjects are encouraged to apply. Key requirements are a high level of English, work ethic and professionalism.
Why is PIP providing internships?
PIP had identified a lack of employment opportunities for young Palestinian university graduates. This has led either to a ‘brain drain’ of graduates going abroad to the West or the Gulf, or to their falling into unskilled labor or unemployment. PIP - supported by funders such as USAID and the US Consulate in Jerusalem - sees an opportunity to help develop the skills and experience of Palestinian graduates through internships at successful companies.
What can I gain from being a PIP intern?
- Skills and knowledge through high-level work experience at a top company
- Workshops led by leading innovators and visits to companies (recently Microsoft, Yamsafer)
- Networking among PIP’s interns and supporters in the business world
- Mentoring from a leading figure in your field
- Professional support from PIP post-internship, such as references, job referrals and advice
What about the logistics?
- PIP recruits internship candidates and companies - and ‘matches’ between the two
- PIP applies for permits to enter Israel for those who require them
- PIP offers interns a grant of up to 2,500 Shekels per month for three months to cover travel and/or accommodation near their companies.
- Host companies pay interns at least minimum wage and commit to providing meaningful working assignments.
PIP is now recruiting for a new round of internships due to start summer 2017. To apply, visit www.palinternship.com/apply-now.
If you have any questions, message us on Facebook: facebook.com/palestinianinternshipprogram.
We look forward to hearing from you, inshallah!